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January 1, US Wins Appeal to Extradite WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange



A British appeals court handed the U.S. a major victory in its efforts to bring WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to trial, overturning a lower court ruling that blocked his extradition out of fear he would commit suicide while in a U.S. prison.

Two of Britain’s most senior judges found that the lower court’s judge made her decision based on risks to Assange’s mental health if placed under harsh confinement in the American prison system. The two-judge panel sided with the U.S. after receiving “assurances” that the 50-year-old wouldn’t face such measures.

The decision hands a major blow to Assange, paving the way for his extradition to the U.S. to face espionage charges. A lawyer for Assange called the ruling “highly disturbing” and said they intend to appeal.

“The U.K. court reached this decision without considering whether extradition is appropriate when the United States is pursuing charges against him that could result in decades in prison, based on his having reported truthful information about newsworthy issues such as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Barry Pollack, Assange’s U.S. lawyer.

“Mr. Assange will seek review of this decision by the U.K. Supreme Court.”


Julian Assange can be extradited to US to face espionage charges, court rules

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  1. Nick Newton

    December 13, 2021 at 7:03 am

    I think everyone has twisted this case so much that if you look at the media’s take the courts have made a huge mistake. The facts are that Assange helped commit a crime by knowingly cracking a secret code to open classified file/s and that was totally illegal! The contents he stole really have no meaning because it was a matter of opinion and even though the secrets act forbids the publishing of secret information. the point was is it legal or illegal to steal secret Govt information- it shows it was an illegal act! You cannot steal even toilet paper if it does not belong to you. the other point is he made a huge amount of profit from the act I believe which again compounds his action as illegal in my opinion! All the hype about the punishment is purely speculative and I believe has nothing to back up the desire except he does not like the idea of American jails!

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